Famous Funnies 209, 1953

Famous Funnies 209, 1953

Famous Funnies was an important, early, and long-running comic book series. The first issue is recognized as both the very first comic book, and as the first monthly newsstand-distributed comic. The contents consisted of newspaper comic strip reprints, and that format continued even to this 209th issue.

The issue featured here marks the first of a well-loved run of seven classic Buck Rogers covers drawn by comic wunderkind Frank Frazetta. Even this impressive run of fantastic Frazetta artwork did not save this now-struggling comic; after two more non-Frazetta covered issues, the series ended with the publication of its 218th issue.